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  1. What sites are you checking on? I am seeing Atlantis Day pas as $168 or beach pass as $65 but don't see breakfast. We are going in July
  2. I had read about the comfort suites thing years ago and wasn't sure it if was still a thing. What does booking a room get you at Atlantis exactly and how do you avail of that. I also heard of people booking day rates at some of the fancy resorts and getting food/beverage credit for most of the fee. As for missing the ship, there is a post on here somewhere about a guy who missed the ship in Nassau and all the hoops he went through to meet up with it at another port (he was supposed to meed his kid at designated spot but his buddy took the kids back to ship instead) quite an ordeal.
  3. Just wondering what the options I have on going to Atlantis (either waterpark or beach). I typically like to book excursions on my own as I find ship options costly. It will only be my husband and me for this trip and we have never been to Nassau.
  4. By promenade you mean deck 5. As it has to be a 4V or 6V we are looking at either forward or aft. Some of those dead spaces concern me as I don't know what they are. As well some are perpendicular to other rooms so not sure if a good or bad thing. We may combine with a summer meeting hubby has in Orlando and sail ~July 6 from Port Canaveral. Availability on Deck 3 forward, Deck 6 aft, Decks 7-10 forward and aft and Deck 11 forward just outside fitness center.
  5. Yes that is what I am looking for. It has to be 4V or 6V which are forward and aft in various places on 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I know certain floors get Lido/pool noise, dining etc noise or could be right under the gym or next to an elevator. I need to be somewhere convenient to those places without getting the noise from them
  6. We have voucher we will be redeeming for a 2 person inside cabin (need to clarify if virtual view or promenade view included) and wondering which ones are best or which to avoid. We have never sailed Royal Caribbean before. Thanks
  7. It was part of a HGV offer from 2 years ago, I was late staying at their property so just getting the 2nd part now.
  8. Yes I knew about the $500 credit, just wasn't sure if it's a better deal/discount to just stick with what's included. We have cruised from Miami, Port Canaveral and Ft Lauderdale. We usually always fly down at least 2 days in advance as our weather is unpredictable and usually have a connection (there is a seasonal direct flight to Orlando that we've never hit schedule wise). We rented a car for Port Canaveral as we had the kids. Dropping off and picking up a car in Port Canaveral can be crazy so we might use a shuttle if we did that. I have one in university, the other will be in senior year of high school and prob picking up a university course, so trying to not leave them at a bad time while they have mid terms or exams. I think Feb is ok but not sure it would be warm enough.
  9. My husband and I have cruised 4 times with our children (now 16 and 19) on Carnival 7-8 night cruises. We have a voucher for 4 night Royal Caribbean for just the 2 of us and were looking at Mariner from Orlando or Navigator from Miami - both go to Nassau and Cococay - we haven't been to either. Looking at sometime between October and May, trying to balance schedules, airline rewards and weather. Any suggestions as to which ship, departure port or best time to go. And anything we should know about cruising on Royal Caribbean. Also I know it's an inside cabin, just not sure if we get to pick which one, but any advice on that is appreciated as well. Thanks
  10. I am looking for Alaska for 2020 as well. It may have to be later August. Im anxious to see it, yet don't know if can book early saver like I typically do cause of kiddos schedules. Will have our 18 and 20 year old with us and may cram us all in the one cabin so we can spend some time together :)
  11. I think I'm looking at 2020 as a possibility for Alaska. When do schedules start coming out? My daughter starts university this September and my son has 2 years left in high school, so their breaks won't really coincide. Hubby and I may do Vegas by ourselves next spring. But I do plan to do a graduation trip for my son for 2020 and it may be late August and think the mediterranean might be brutally hot.
  12. I got spoiled with the bigger 4 person cabins on upper floors as we had a balcony on Liberty and Valor (Liberty we technically booked an outside but they upgraded those cabins to balconies during drydock) and an inside with outside view of the private deck on the Breeze. Was trying to budget a little for Easter week on Conquest so booked a 4 person interior on main (the outside would have had both teens sharing a double sofa) and it was a lot smaller. The one thing I do like is knowing what the cabins would be like on Carnival. Some other lines are even smaller with weird layouts, the strangest being a trundle bed which would be between hubby and me. Panama is interesting to me, does Carnival do a full crossing or just Partial. Firefly - with Carnival did you do Glacier Bay and which national park did you visit?
  13. Since I have to fly anyway, I can't see a reason to go to Long Beach for Alaska, unless I happened to be in California for another reason (work conference for hubby or something). I was looking at HAL and Princess too. I've been able to get good rates booking early with Carnival (and early saver not that rates ever dropped), but I can never see good rates for booking early on other lines. As for Europe - I'd like Greece in cooler weather or Baltics in warmer weather, as those are areas I've never been. Doubtful I will see Carnival there any time soon. I may do a short Bahamas cruise on RCI (part of that Hilton timeshare offer) which would give some perspective on another line.
  14. We did bring soda cans to the dining room. We always poured wine in our room, though did have issues getting glasses from room steward. The 2nd elegant night I didn't take it as we were getting pics, figured hubby would go back and get them when we were seated (one floor down). He ended up sending our 18 year old (who went to get her soda) to get our 1/2 bottle of wine (oops). I just poured it into our 2 wine glasses on the table when we were seated.
  15. Am I imagining something or is Carnival no longer offering repositioning or transatlantic cruises. We also only cruised with our kids and 4 in a room. They are currently 18 and almost 16. Hubby would like to try some kid free cruises. Price wise - airfare is our biggest expense. I know other lines frequently have sales on Alaska closer to sailing and if you are no picky on cabin, particularly on their one way cruises. But we often book airfare up to 11 months out, particularly if trying to use aeroplan points.
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